Northeastern Illinois University's student-run newspaper

NEIU Independent

Northeastern Illinois University's student-run newspaper

NEIU Independent

Northeastern Illinois University's student-run newspaper

NEIU Independent

Connect with us on Instagram
Join Our Newsletter
Stay up to date with all the NEIU News!

“Meg 2: The Trench” for Shark Enthusiasts Everywhere

Dedicated followers of the shark movie genre, enthusiasts of the “Jaws” series and those who eagerly anticipate the annual Shark Week events will find their cinematic desires met with “Meg 2: The Trench,” which theatrically debuted on August 4, 2023.

When Jason Statham takes a brief respite from his high-speed antics as Deckard Shaw in the “Fast and Furious” franchise, he plunges into a battle against formidable megalodons as Jonas Taylor, a role that continues from its 2018 precursor, “The Meg.”

In “The Meg,” a team of scientists encountered a colossal 75-foot megalodon shark during a perilous rescue operation in the expanse of the Pacific Ocean. In “Meg 2: The Trench,” the narrative pivots to center around an illicit billionaire-backed mining operation that imperils the lives of these same scientists, compelling them to evade the relentless megalodon threat.

As an individual well-versed in Justice Studies, the film resonates with themes of pervasive corruption within the upper echelons of society. The portrayal of the billionaire antagonist epitomizes this corruption, creating a fervent desire in the viewer to witness their demise at the jaws of the deadly megalodons. A symbolic “eat the rich” mantra pervades the storyline.

Story continues below advertisement

Similar to its predecessor, the advantageous aspect of the sequel includes its unflinching depiction of visceral gore in spite of being a PG-13 movie. Additionally, the film’s director, Ben Wheatley, did not depreciate its gore and shock value when unsuspecting victims fell prey to the insidious megalodons.

For those seeking moments of levity amidst the intense suspense, Mac, played by Cliff Curtis, from the initial installment provides well-timed comic relief, ensuring a balanced viewing experience.

In the midst of a cinematic landscape abuzz with recent debates over the recent Barbieheimer phenomenon, “Meg 2: The Trench” stands as an unmissable addition that commands attention, offering an enthralling exploration of the depths within the realm of shark-centric cinema.

Leave a Comment
More to Discover
About the Contributor
Gabriel Gurrola
Gabriel Gurrola, Campus Arts & Life Editor

Comments (0)

Comments are subject to review for slurs and offensive language. Comments will not be edited except to modify profanity.
All NEIU Independent Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Skip to content